Masdevallia x alvaroi Luer & R.Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Amanda Luer 1986

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name or Meaning Alvaro's Masevallia [Mr Alvaro Arango, Colombian Discoverer of Species late 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia on the central cordillera in cloud forests at elevations of 2280 as a natural hybrid between M amanda and M picturata as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacte, gradually narrowed below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, erect, 2.8" to 4.8" [7 to 12 cm] long, simultaneously 2 flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and with a bract below the middle with tubular floral bracts

Synonyms Spilotantha alvaroi (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia VOl 13 No 1 1978 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Madevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha alvaroi; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;